MTN Uganda has appointed Gordian Kyomukama as the acting Chief Executive Officer, replacing Wim Vanhelleputte.
The new CEO, has been the Chief Technology Officer at the biggest telecom company in the country.
“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter. To ensure business continuity, we have appointed Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive. Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers,” MTN Uganda said in a statement.
Vanhelleputte was deported on Thursday by the Uganda government on allegations that he was posing a threat to the country’s national security.
“MTN confirms Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda has been deported from Uganda. MTN has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.”
According to a letter signed by Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odongo, Vanhelleputte is to stay outside Uganda indefinitely.
Wim’s deportation brought the number of foreigners to four at MTN that have been showed the exit in the last couple of weeks. The others are Olivier Prentout, Annie Bilenge Tabura and Elsa Muzzolini.
Prentout, Bilenge and Muzzolini were also accused of posing a threat to national security.
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